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Tracing the history of your house


The NHC has a large collection of local photographs, dating from the 19th century onwards. Some of these photographs are available via Picture Norfolk.

We have a relatively small collection of photographs, but try searching the online catalogue. Select an advanced search and then select ‘photographic print’ from the Format drop down menu, at the same time as searching a keyword (such as a place name) in the Any Text field.

The NHC also has aerial photographs taken in 1988, which cover most of the county, except King's Lynn, Thetford and Yarmouth. The photographs of those areas are held by the local studies department of the relevant town library, as well as other photographs of their respective areas.

There may be aerial photographs of an historic building in the Norfolk Air Photograph Library. This is maintained by the Historic Environment Service and is open to the public by appointment. There are relatively few aerial photographs of individual buildings, but two countywide vertical surveys, in 1946 and 1988, are available via Map Explorer.